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  • Light On the Waves

    We invite you to tanke part in Light on the Waves of Change, a science fiction climate contest with two prizes: to publish in Principia Magazine and get your words turned into a song. 

    Don't miss our tool for teachers, also useful for discussion for the general public (in Catalan and Spanish) based on the Decide Game.

    Video in Spanish

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  • Light Explorers

    This session aims at approaching the field of photonics to the general public through our main programs, “Light for Health”, “Light for Energy” and “Light for Information”, with an innovative format that combines informative and educational explanations with audiovisuals and… MAGIC!

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  • The BIG Bell Test

    Worldwide quantum physics experiments powered by human randomness.

    Through the BIG Bell Test videogame, you can choose what happens in laboratories all around the world as we test quantum physics using human unpredictability.

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  • Do you want to Touch the Light?

    Come with your school to CosmoCaixa from March 31 2016 to discover the hidden games in colors, reflections, refractions, polarizations and diffractions of light! ICFO's workshop Toca la Llum (Touch the Light!) is now open!

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  • Upcoming ICFO events and activities

    List of the upcoming outreach events and activities of ICFO.

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  • Photonics: discover the power of light - from fiction to reality

    An itinerant exhibition that shows cutting-edge technologies through the eyes from a 1920s illustrator. This is an exhibition that provides a glimpse of the impact, opportunities and applications that photonics represents in many areas of society, from health to communications and from energy to industrial processes. 

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  • LIGHTtalk: lighting the future

    LIGHTtalks: Lighting the Future are destined for entrepreneurs, students attending business schools and also a broad public audience. This event aims at providing an overview of the impact of photonics in different markets and the opportunities and potential of photonics entrepreneurship. 

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  • Exhibit "Pull - push: a world moved by light"

    Photonics arrives to l'Espai Cultura Fundació Sabadell 1859 with an artistic, educative and entertaining exhibit on the interaction of light-matter and its applications. 

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  • Top Ultra-Secret at TopScience-CosmoCaixa

    Interactive exhibition about quantum cryptography (how to send secret messages using the fascinating quantum properties of photons). You can visit it at CosmoCaixa. From October 2014, you can also attend guided tours for highschool groups. The exhibition is part of the new space Top Science.

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  • Alice in Wonderland is 150 years old!

    2015 is the International Year of light. Alice in Wonderland is 150 years old. ICFO celebrates it in Kosmópolis - The Amplified Literature Fest, with an activity about riddles and secrets hidden light. You have to write alternative adventures of Alice and listen live how some trobadours who will narrate your stories.

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  • ICFO Open Day

    The ICFO Open Day is a day full of activities designed to highlight the fascinating properties of light as well as its wide range of applications.

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  • Dictionary of Photonics

    After the experience of Kosmopolis al CCCB we have started the collection of limericks for a photonic dictionary, very much inspired by our friends at OEDILF – A limerick dictionary. We proudly present The DiMuFoFoLi: The Multilingual Dictionary of Photonics in Limerick Form.

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  • Visits

    ICFO opens its door to interested people, who can visit ICFO's facilities.

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  • Magic Shows

    We use magic to illustrate concepts of the physic of light as well as some of its most fascinating applications. Games and magic tricks allow a variety of audiences to learn in a surprising and comprehensible way what nonlinear optics is, what light for health or light for information can do, as well as other concepts and applications.

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  • ICFOseum on the road

    Besides participating in various science fairs taking place in and around Barcelona, you can visit ICFO’s museum of light (ICFOseum).

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  • Light Painting

    With light we can also write, draw or paint. Thanks to the “light painting” technique we can learn more about the physics of light and, at the same, promote creativity and entertainment.

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